Compact Freebsd 'appliance'

Bill Moran wmoran at
Thu Jun 18 20:24:25 UTC 2009

> On 6/18/09, John Almberg <jalmberg at> wrote:
> > I have a client who has an application that he wants to deploy in his
> > customer's offices as a headless 'appliance'. Basically, just a black
> > box that you can plug into a Lan, turn it on, and it runs. No floppy
> > disk or CD, no monitor/keyboard, just remotely managed.
> >
> > This application won't store any critical data, so it doesn't need
> > redundancy. It just needs to be reasonably reliable, compact, and quiet.
> >
> > My first recommendation was to use a Mac Mini, but that excellent bit
> > of hardware was deemed 'not professional enough'. So now I am looking
> > for a compact pc that can run FreeBSD, of course. I think it probably
> > just needs a power supply, tiny motherboard with onboard ethernet,
> > usb, etc., and hard drive.
> >
> > If anyone has a recommendation (or if their are any vendors lurking),
> > please shoot me an email off list. I'll compile a list of
> > recommendations and post it all at once, in case anyone else is
> > interested in this.

There's lots of hardware vendors out there that sell stuff like this, if
you're buying enough of them, they'll even brand the case for you.

Some terms you can search on: Soekris, AMD Geode

Bill Moran

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